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Comment: Re:gun safe? (Score 1) 646

by bedonnant (#40796143) Attached to: How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

For starters, why would you care about homicides by guns in particular?

Isn't this all about guns?

Your argument about rape being prevented by guns is weird. Also, it's completely false. You say UK has 4x more rapes than US, but wikipedia has 28.6/100,000 rapes for US and 24.1/100,000 for UK. France has 16.6/100,000.

Comment: Re:gun safe? (Score 1) 646

by bedonnant (#40795103) Attached to: How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

Statistics plainly doesn't support your argument.

Well, for example, if you look at this wikipedia page you would see that in the US there are 4.14 deaths by homicides with guns for every 100,000 pop, while in France, where there is strict gun control, there are only 0.44/100,000. I suspect there are a lot less police-related deaths too since French police do not assume everyone has a gun and therefore should be less likely to use their own weapon. In Germany, in 2011, police shot a grand total of 85 bullets, with 6 fatalities...

Comment: Re:It's like this. (Score 1) 878

by bedonnant (#40598027) Attached to: Does Grammar Matter Anymore?
Ironically, independent is apparently spelled that way because the English couldn't (or wouldn't) spell the French "indépendant" correctly. To get back to the point, communicating means conveying meaning to another. If you do not play by the grammatical rules, you lessen the probability of your meaning getting across, because they are a standard that all parties implicitely decide to use. English has comparatively few grammatical rules, but I can assure you that errors in French can easily alter and degrade understanding. Also, if you put the strain of trying to understand you on others, you are just wasting their time because you did not want to spare yours. Others recognize it and a less liable to repeat the effort.

Comment: Re:compare them to an intact backup (Score 1) 247

by bedonnant (#39939981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tool To Detect Corrupted Files?
This happened to me once. At first I thought it was a hard drive problem, it took me a while to figure it out. I lost many pictures in the process, and had rsync'd corrupted files over my backup. To me the problem now is: how to make sure what I'm backing up is not corrupted and that my previous backup, about to be overwritten, is not cleaner than my source?

If what they've been doing hasn't solved the problem, tell them to do something else. -- Gerald Weinberg, "The Secrets of Consulting"

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